Just as most of America was turning its attention away from the news for Thanksgiving, the Cleveland Police Department released surveillance footage of the shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice. Tamir was killed by two police officers last weekend, apparently because they believed the Airsoft pellet gun he was carrying was a real weapon. Obvious warning: the video is very upsetting.
Winter storm Cato — the one that's ruining all of our Thanksgiving travel plans right now — happens to share a name with a prominent libertarian think tank. But the D.C.-based group is not at all upset by this coincidence: "Proud to be part of a largely classical list that has included Atlas, Athena, Vulcan, Hercules, Gandolf, Eris, and Juno," Cato Institute VP David Boaz told Bloomberg in an email. Apparently, he's also proud to employ climate-change skeptic Pat Michaels, who's hard at work making sure that all sorts of storms will only get worse in the years to come.
As part of the retraining effort Bill Bratton ordered in the wake of the death of Eric Garner, the NYPD is going to try to get cops to stop hurling obscenities at people. According to the department's new training chief Michael Julian, 30 percent of civilian complaints about the police involve an officer's use of the F-bomb or similar. "We can teach them to control their language. It's not that hard," said Julian, who must be an exceptionally disciplined guy. "It's all about a New York attitude, New Yorkers like to curse ... but you can change." (Anything's possible!) Oh, and in addition to vowing to clean everyone's mouth out with soap, Julian is going to work on getting cops to avoid the use of "unnecessary force." "Chasing someone two blocks [to] take the extra punch, they can control that," he explained. He certainly has his work cut out for him.
Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom is back in the news today, and he is now very, very broke. He was arrested in New Zealand in 2012 for internet piracy on his file-sharing site. Since then, he has reportedly spent upwards of $10 million in legal fees.
Twenty-two-year-old Rutgers student Darsh Patel was killed by a black bear in September while on a nature hike with friends. It was the first time a black bear had attacked and killed a person in New Jersey since 1852. Now authorities have released five photos they believe Patel snapped just moments before the deadly attack.
Congressional Republicans have found themselves completely stymied by President Obama’s executive action on immigration. There’s no bill for them to vote down, they lack the votes for impeachment, and shutting down the government never works. National Review editor Rich Lowry has suggested an innovative new way for Republicans to express their displeasure: ban President Obama from delivering the State of the Union Address:
“If I were John Boehner,” he said, referring to the House speaker, “I’d say to the president: ‘Send us your State of the Union in writing. You’re not welcome in our chamber.’ ”
The internet celebrity and Supreme Court justice had a stent placed in her right coronary artery on Wednesday morning after doctors discovered a blockage in her heart. According to a SCOTUS press release, Ginsburg decided to go to the hospital after "experincing discomfort" during her Tuesday night workout. She's now said to be "resting comfortably" and is expected to be discharged within 48 hours so she can get back to not retiring.
Exactly two New Yorkers voted for Taylor Swift for governor in this year's election, and I'm pretty sure it was me and the cat I dressed up as a human so he could go with me to vote for Taylor Swift. Other strange write-ins included votes for Derek Jeter, Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt, and House of Cards character Frank Underwood. No write-ins for subway condom guy? This city is becoming so bland.
Six of the Americans who contracted and recovered from Ebola gathered on the Today show Wednesday morning, where most of them met for the very first time. The emotional get-together, just a day before Thanksgiving, also gave them a chance to express their gratitude to the first survivor, Kent Brantly, who donated plasma to many of them.
In the latest installment of his interview with George Stephanopoulos, Darren Wilson revealed that his wife, fellow cop Barbara Spradling, is pregnant. (That probably explains why the couple decided to marry last month, despite the fact that Wilson was still in hiding and facing the possibility of indictment.) After confirming that he is going to be a father, Wilson said, "I'm just a simple guy. That's all I am."